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Gift of charity

Gift of charity

IN THE Church of England, you have a choice: as your thoughts turn towards Lent and patterns of self-discipline, you can, with the 1662 Prayer Book collect, remember that “all our doings without charity are nothing worth” and ask to be given “the most excellent gift of charity”

Not strained; Plea for justice

A CODA to the Bishops’ report on marriage and same-sex relation­­­ships: since its publication, contrasts have been drawn between their policies on the blessing of same-sex unions and on marriage after divorce

Trump on torture

Trump on torture

THE advice about President Trump is generally sound: do not react to what he says; wait, instead, and see what he does

The united front

The united front

ANYONE expecting any sort of solution from the House of Bishops to the Church’s seemingly endless dilemma over same-sex relationships has allowed hope to triumph over experience. The group of bishops chosen by the Archbishops to help their peers reflect on the issue

God on Monday

God on Monday

THE working group on clergy well-being and the task group on lay leadership — two Church of England committees that have now reported — both have the potential to stir things up beyond their members’ expectations

Future perfect

Future perfect

FOR present needs, a cartographer drawing up a map has to ensure that it corresponds to the contours of the landscape. This applies as much to figurative road maps as to geographical ones. For the future, conveniently, map-makers can produce whatever they like

That the 46,000 may be one

That the 46,000 may be one

EACH year, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, based at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, publishes a one-page summary of the state of world Christianity

No splendid peace without change

No splendid peace without change

THE 19th-century Unitarian minister Edmund Hamilton Sears had a high doctrine of peace

Transformation

Transformation

A NEW term has been coined to describe those who are basically vegetarians but who will eat the odd bit of turkey or salmon: “flexitarians”. In the field of animal welfare, there is no moral high ground here. Only vegans, untainted by dairy produce, can preach righteousness. At this time of year chu...

The costly 20 per cent

The costly 20 per cent

A REPORT published in a new online journal, Nature Human Behaviour, has examined the latest findings from the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, which has been plotting the lives of more than 1000 children born in one hospital in New Zealand in 1972-73

British values 

British values 

DESPITE this paper’s 153-year history, it was not until 1983 that the phrase “British values” was first mentioned

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